The Journey Begins… to Food Resources, Nutrition Workshops and Volunteering in Racine

Thanks for taking time to explore this page. We hope your child enjoyed their Food Environment field trip visit to the Racine County Food Bank, UW-Extension Master Gardener’s Teaching Garden and UW-Extension’s FoodWIse Nutrition Program.

To learn more about what they did, see the Brochure for Food Environment Field Trip at RCFB, FoodWIse and The Teaching Garden.

Below you will find information about food resources, nutrition information and volunteer opportunities for your family. We hope you find this information helpful and worth sharing!

Food Resources

To learn information about any of Racine’s social services, call 211. They will be able to direct to any services you may need including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, employment, etc. Also, UW-Extension has a comprehensive “Family Resource Directory” as well as a “Quick List” that are great resources. Alternatively, click on the organizations below to learn more about them.

  1. Racine Food Pantries
    1. Call 211 to learn of the food pantry closest to you
  2. Food Share or Food Stamps
    1. You can visit Workforce Development Center, 1717 Taylor Ave., for application assistance
  3. WIC: Women, Infants, Children
  4. Racine Urban Garden Network
  5. Community Meal Sites

Nutrition

The Racine FoodWIse program teaches the basics of healthy eating and budgeting for healthy food in schools and to parents by following the MyPlate guidelines. To teach our community members, we offer the following programs. Call 262-635-6824 for more information or to sign up!

  1. Eating Smart, Being Active is a series of 9 nutrition lessons for parents of young children. 16 FREE Continuing Education Hours can also be received by early child care workers.
  2. Cooking Matters at the Store is a guided grocery store tour that teaches adults with limited incomes how to get the most nutrition for their food dollars. Cooking Matters at the Store ends with the $10 Challenge, an activity where participants use the skills they’ve just learned to buy a healthy meal for a family of four, for under $10. Participants also take home a booklet with recipes and shopping tips.

Volunteer Opportunities

To learn about the many volunteer opportunities in Racine, visit the Volunteer Center of Racine County website and navigate to the “Find Volunteer Opportunities” page.

If you don’t see an opportunity you’re interested, call the Volunteer Center! They will be able to guide you to a non-profit that is looking for help. Some ongoing ideas include organizing a healthy food drive for the Racine County Food Bank, collecting seasonally appropriate or needed donations for HALO: Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization or donating to the many non-profits who share their non-profit wish list in The Journal Times.

THANK YOU for checking out this page!

We hope your child found the field trip interesting and that you found this information helpful.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

— Charles Dickens

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